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Medical scans confirm Da Vinci's accuracy

Posted on Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: Leonardo da Vinci

CT scans have revealed that Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical sketches were startlingly accurate.

The celebrated Renaissance artist and inventor produced a number of anatomical drawings in the winter of 1510-1511 when he conducted 20 dissections. The sketches show details such as the muscles, bones and sinews of the human body in remarkable detail, but were sadly lost for hundreds of years after he died because he hadn't published them at the time.

Now by comparing his drawings to modern medical scans, experts have revealed just how amazingly accurate the sketches were - da Vinci's anatomical observations were literally centuries ahead of their time. "Five hundred years on, comparisons with CT and MRI scans show that Leonardo’s work is still relevant to scientists today," said the Royal Collection Trust who will be exhibiting the drawings alongside modern MRI and CT scans in a demonstration of just how advanced da Vinci's anatomical understanding was more than 500 years ago.

"He has long been praised as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance, working far ahead of his time and producing some of the world’s most recognisable works."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 13 March, 2013, 15:59
Too bad they were not published in his life time they would have helped advance medical knowledge in his time.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 13 March, 2013, 16:21
What if he was a serial killer and cut many people open like Jack the Ripper and that's how he knew the human anotomy so well... Hmmmmm.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sundew on 13 March, 2013, 17:25
The pity is that geniuses like Leonardo are so rare. Imagine what the world might be like if that was the norm, or even 5% of the population?
Comment icon #7 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 13 March, 2013, 17:26
Imagine how many have been aborted in today's day and age.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ancient astronaut on 13 March, 2013, 19:35
That's because Da Vinci was a Bad @ss.
Comment icon #9 Posted by -Mr_Fess- on 13 March, 2013, 21:09
What would you expect? The guy was a phenom. He also must've had no gag reflex or sense of smell. He was known to keep decomposing bodies in his home just to study decomposition and internal organs.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Michelle on 13 March, 2013, 21:23
I know someone's got to do it, but.....eeeewwww. I have an incredible sense of smell and can find a tiny, dead baby mouse once I get within twenty yards of it.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 13 March, 2013, 23:50
Covered in paint?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 14 March, 2013, 0:04
off topic but I wanted to say I love your avatar! I've loved laurel and Hardy since I was knee high to a grass Hopper. Met some great people who used to do a great impersonation of them when I was younger. Anyways just wanted to say great avatar!!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by andy hair candy on 14 March, 2013, 12:43
Haha knee hight of a grasshopper! Havnt heard that one since i wAs the knee hight of a grass hopper

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